USF Sarasota-Manatee course aims to improve students’ scores on college entrance exam

USF Sarasota-Manatee ACT Prep Class

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 20, 2015) – Help is coming for high school seniors and juniors looking for that extra edge on the ACT college entrance exam.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is planning a three-day preparatory course for high school students next month.

Taught by retired teacher Jo-Ann Hillman of JMH Education Services, the course offers content and exam-taking strategies not found solely in books or on websites.

“It helps students get over their fear of the test,” she said.

Specifically, the course provides “good discernment” skills while going over the types of questions students will likely see on the exam.

A rarity 20 years ago, preparation classes are fast becoming common on campuses today as students look for extra help getting into college and winning academic scholarships.

Some schools, including USFSM, allow students to mix and match scores from both the ACT and SAT entrance exams to achieve higher overall scores, said Andy Telatovich, director of admissions and financial aid at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“Some students do better on the SAT math portion, so they might want to use that score,” he said.

Next month’s ACT prep course represents the fourth to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

About 25 students, likely a mix of juniors and seniors, are expected to sign up for the course, which would be similar to attendance at past sessions. A handful of sophomores might also attend. Class size is limited to 25.

The course runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 8, 9 and 10 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Registration, not including materials, is $50. Please bring a copy of the book “ACT for Dummies” (to be purchased separately). Included is a 30-minute break.

Dr. Lora Kosten, faculty coordinator at the USF Sarasota-Manatee North Port Instructional Site, said students today want whatever edge they can find to boost their college entrance scores. The three-day ACT prep course provides that help – along with an additional benefit.

“It helps students develop confidence in themselves, and that confidence is carried over into their performance on the test,” Dr. Kosten said.

To register, go to For questions, contact Dr. Kosten at (941) 426-7783.